Suicide is second only to accidents as the leading cause of death in our youth. With this podcast, Dr. Lulu is spreading awareness for, and educating the public on suicide. She is interviewing guests who have been touched personally or otherwise by suicide. If you are a suicide loss survivor, have suicidal ideation, attempted suicide or know anyone who has, this podcast is for you. Listen and be encouraged knowing you are not alone, there is help out there. Call 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-273-TALK or text HELP to 741741. May you find peace, love, understanding, and support for your hardship. Dr. L
This episode is dedicated to you! All of you! Everyone who has made my journey into your hearts and minds possible.
To my guests, I thank you for making my dream to be an interviewer come true. For taking time out to speak about your troubles, your pain, your anguish. For agreeing to put yourselves out there in a world where many are afraid to do just that. For sharing your innermost secrets of insecurity, self-doubt, self-shame, self-hatred and even a willingness to end your life. To the teachers among you, thank you for #becoming a better version of yourselves by sharing knowledge and touching souls.
To my listeners, one thing I know for sure is, I could have the loudest voice ever, but if no one is listening or if no one is available to hear my message, then I am only wasting my time. So, I thank you. I love you, I see you.
To my family, the shoulders upon which I stand, thank you.
To the universe, for allowing a little girls' dreams come true, thank you, and thank you again.
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When you are only 24 yrs old and have attempted suicide 3 times (between the ages of 19 and 21yrs) due to chronic depression, feelings of self-loathing, worthlessness and even admitting to a "stress memory block", you have been through worse than most people your age. That was the case with today's guest.
She admits to growing up with a negative belief system in a toxic environment that culminated in hopelessness and "many days of simply crying and crying".
"There is no look of depression, yet there is a face of depression", and that face was Sydney's for a long time. She admits that depression and suicide are real, and "no joke". She also admits that "depression was once her life", but all those days of pain have now turned into a blessing.
A former presidential scholar, you would never know that Sydney had the quadruple diagnoses of; ADHD, Seasonal Depression, Dyslexia and Anxiety all at the same time.
Thankfully, she has now found love and is on her way to owning her own business called "The Genuine Ones", where she can put all those feelings of not being good enough to good use by helping others who might be walking the path she has already trodden.
Best quote "just because other people can't see your pain, doesn't mean it is not real..."
As always, thank you to my listeners for your patronage. Thank you for your downloads and thank you for your shares, subscriptions, and reviews. If you know anyone who could benefit from this podcast, please tell them about us, and share the love...:)
We can all agree that losing a sibling is a very tough thing to deal with, now imagine losing not one, but two siblings, and a couple of other family members in the space of a few years. That is what our guest today had to deal with in his past.
The first of my #unicorns (Black males), Mr. Torriel Pauley is writing on our pages today.
He is a young man who has dealt with the loss unimaginable by many of us...still he stands.
He is a living legacy of the power of hope in our lives.
He is thriving today as a healthcare IT guru working with radiology software, but it wasn't always easy, like any of us, he had his own personal demons that he battled and won, and we can almost hear the hidden anguish in his voice as he shares his story.
He is a fellow brand new podcaster, his podcast is called "Careers in Healthcare", he showcases healthcare professionals and the good work we are doing. Let's find it on our favorite podcast platforms and show him some love, shall we? He also has a YouTube Channel called "Healthcare IT Solutions", again, please give him some love.
With a story like his, it is easy to understand why his favorite quote is "If there is no struggle, there is no progress" by Frederick Douglas.
It is important that we share our stories, people, because, in the end, that is what we are connected most by.
Thanks again for the many subscriptions and shares... ciao!
Earlier this year in March, Andrea's daughter's 14yr old friend died by suicide. It had a devastating effect on her daughter. What do you do as a mom to stop the kind of pain that ensues in your child? How do you make it go away? How do you make it stop? How do you get your child to move on with the knowledge that the death was not her fault? These and many more questions are what our brave and courageous guest this week has to try and answer.
As a mother, your primary job is to protect your young ones, but can you effectively do that from a place of empty? Faced with her own grief, Andrea pushes it aside and tries to be there for everyone else, but does that strategy really work?
Listen to her powerful testimony, and find out the radical thing she did to finally find herself, those many years ago, and find out what she is doing now to fulfill her purpose and answer God's call to action.
As a multibook author, and entrepreneur, Andrea is taking a stand and proving that grief must be faced squarely, and people must be allowed to grieve in their own way. She is the brain behind the "Grief-Me-Not tour and author of a book with the same name as well as other books.
Yours truly is blessed to be working with Andrea in 2020, I shall be joining her on tour for this worthy cause, so stay tuned!
Her books are available on Amazon, in Barnes and Nobles and other outlets.
Best quote "I had to do something so unconventional that even my parents said, WOW"
As always, thanks for listening and don't forget to subscribe, share and leave us a rating and a review.
The last time she attempted suicide (her 5th) a few years ago, this week's guest, D'Tondja Foster aka Deedee did not think she would survive it. In fact, something told her it was going to be her last... She made sure she planned it out well, left no stone unturned, swept her house and cleaned up everywhere. However, fate was not done with her, the universe and our world still needed her, and she is here today to tell her story.
After suffering multiple losses of close relatives all within a short time, Deedee started feeling like she was better off not being here, but through the "power of determination and prayers", she still stands and is walking taller than ever!
She shares how on that fateful day, she called everyone in her immediate support group, but no one was available, they were all "busy". It goes to show you-you never know when someone will need you, so always stay ready.
After retiring from the healthcare industry, she is now living her best life as a co-author of multiple books, like Voices Behind Mental Illness (available on Amazon) the bestselling anthology she refers to in her interview, and many other books, like "She Wouldn't Let Me Fall", another co-author work. She is simply enjoying her life as a wife, a mother, and a community activist, dedicated to spreading awareness for mental illness and its complications.
She can be reached on Facebook @ Deedee McCoy Foster and on Instagram as Deafdiva01
Check out her episode, and please remember to share and subscribe, and oh, leave me a review if ya like whatchu hear, aaight? This doc appreciates it...:)
In this special episode, I am publishing one of my recent Facebook Live videos as a podcast in honor of September being National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
I talk about the top 13 reasons why your teen might end their life through suicide. I also discuss the signs of suicidal behavior and who is at most risk.
It is a very special episode more so because my primary focus is teen suicide, and my primary avatar is parents and caregivers and they are the ones I am speaking with directly here.
Suicide is, however, everybody's problem. The sooner we all see that, the better.
For the rest of the month of September (and every day henceforth) do something to help lower the rate of suicide in the world. It is so easy to call someone, text someone, go to lunch with them, and look into their eyes, really ask them how they are doing, and LISTEN. Hug someone, smile at someone and offer to take them to get help in the event that they do confide in you.... Finally, tell them you love them, because, the greatest of the gifts is love. If they ask you why you are being so kind, empathetic and compassionate with them, tell them Dr. Lulu sent you :)
I am especially thankful to all the guests, and listeners of this podcast, as well as all my followers on social media and in real life, THANK YOU!
Thank you, thank and thank you again for over 1,200 downloads in 10 weeks!
Y'all, I had SO much fun interviewing Sharon! She is a HOOT! She describes herself as a wife of an Army Veteran, a mother of 2 and a grandmother.
I describe her as a warrior, a survivor, a woman with a golden heart, on a mission to give voice to the voiceless and the invisible.
With her nonprofit movement, aptly called I AM INVISIBLE (I Am Invisible Bullying and Suicide Movement), she is reaching hearts and breaking barriers and creating awareness for (you guessed it) bullying.
Once called a Cry Baby for crying too much, Sharon has turned her tears into jewels and is making a difference in the world. She travels all over the country spreading her message and changing lives every day.
Her story is one of a kind, it spans decades of sadness, and suffering and survival. Once wanting to "disappear" from this earth, and thinking her "husband was going to save her", she is now keeping people, especially children grounded and saving them from themselves.
Her favorite quotes are "It's OK to admit that I am not strong enough", and "kids actually hurt too".
Her take-home message is to first admit that we are not OK, then seek help both emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
She can be found on Facebook and on the web @ www.iaminvisiblebullying.org,
Enjoy, and please continue to write your reviews, thank you for the 5star ratings, downloads and subscriptions...
Listening to this episode, one would not believe that Vicki and I just met a few minutes before this recording. We had an awesome time together. Though heavy at times, we still found space to laugh and enjoy the recording, it is obvious that both our passions shine through. She like me, is a firm believer in abolishing bullying.
Vicki was inspired to join the anti-bullying fight after watching her son with special needs get bullied in the very worst way, by kids at school. She has been propelled to do something great for parents and children all over the world. She is an author, international speaker, and business consultant. Her signature book is appropriately called "Evict The Bully in Your Head"...available on her website @ Vickifitch.com/5K
Whether it is through one of her characters, or the names of said characters, Vicki's unique energy and spirit shines through. She has seen a fair share of sad days and horror from the meanness of kids to her beautiful son. Still, she stands...STRONG!
She takes us on a journey from what to do when bullying occurs, to what to say, and even how to think when bullying is taking place.
Listen and find out what NES or YANA means.
Do you know what October 09 each year is? Do you know what the two most important words to say when bullying is going on? Listen and find out.
Best quotes "hurt people who aren't heard, hurt people",
Best advice to parents "advocate for your child even when they ask you not to".
Please, family, let us find this lovely woman on the internet, buy her books, and support her cause.
Beth Lopez, my first guest of Hispanic ancestry, was such a delight to interview. She calls herself a Universal Soul Coach, a Life Transformer, and CEO of Souls Awakening Academy.
Growing up in a religious Hispanic house hold, her parents were very protective and had her life all planned out (who can relate?), and at one point she realized she was "living" her "parents' life". Unfortunately, no matter how loving and protective we parents are, we cannot protect our children from life, and life did indeed happen to Beth.
She talks about how "looks can be deceiving" and admits to have been a "functional broken person", who felt "displaced", and tied her "worth to" her "paycheck". She struggled with a loss of identity and at one point, drugs became her friend, especially when she felt she had failed in everything she touched, and ideations of suicide became her close companion.
A true story of rising from grass to grace, Beth is now using lots of meditation and nature walks in order to connect with the earth elements, as she helps others find themselves and their purposes in life.
Her quote and advice are "stay true to yourself". "You are loved, you are born whole and complete"
Her website is universalsoulcoach.com, and her IG handle is @igniteyoursanity
I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed hanging out with Beth, and don't forget to share this podcast with friends and family, subscribe and download. If you find it within your heart, leave us a comment and maybe even sponsor an episode.
From a very young age, Debbie knew she was different. She "felt" her bullying was her "fault". She lived in what she calls "victim-hood" from age 8 to age 16 as a result of incessant bullying from the same person as bystanders stood aside, watched, and even cheered on. As a victim, she had never blamed the bully, she always blamed herself. Even after telling her parents and doing some things to change her situation, the bullying continued.
Her life was so difficult living as Debbie, that she became obsessed with living as someone else, so she took up drama in school, so she would not have to "live as herself".
As a result of all these stresses, Debbie attempted suicide 3 times!!! She was eventually diagnosed with clinical depression and got help. But she insists that she "allowed herself to be a victim".
Thankfully, she has transformed herself, and now is a holistic counselor and a meditation teacher, who climbed Mount Machu Picchu and raised thousands of dollars for children's charities! So Cool!
She is the founder of the "Freedom To Be Me" Movement, and can be found on Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/debbiedebonairetts
Her favorite quote is "for things to change, you have to change", a very powerful quote if you ask me. She believes that loving yourself first is a different and much better way of loving. She has only two words of encouragement; "REACH OUT"
I hope you enjoy listening to Debbie's page as much as I enjoyed interviewing her twice!
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Unless you have been living under a huge rock, you must have heard about all the children and young people who have died from self-inflicted injuries lately. You must have heard that suicide is the second leading cause of death for our youth ages 10-34yr. Well, did you know that many of these suicides were as a result of bullying? Yes, a great majority of children who die by suicide are as a result of bullying... nearly 60%
This is appalling considering the fact that bullying is so pervasive now. Many people even think bullying is a necessary part of growing up, and think kids actually "deserve" to be bullied to make them somehow stronger. Well, I for one disagree, and I hope that if you are in that school of thought, you will have a change of heart after listening to this episode.
Do you know who is at risk of being bullied? Do you know the different forms bullying can take, or what makes someone become a bully? Do you know that your child, yes, your precious "little angel" could be the bully? Are you aware that the LGBTQ family are at extremely high risk of not only bullying, but also suicide AND homicide? Do you know what role you can play in helping curb all of this?
We shall touch on a lot of aspects of bullying especially as it relates to suicide, our children, the schools, our homes and ourselves. We shall discuss characteristics of victims, bullies and even bystanders. We shall delve into the reasons why kids don't tell, and possible consequences of being each of these persons.
We shall also discuss what needs to be done, by parents, the schools, the government, our kids, their friends and, you, my listener in order to combat bullying.
Log on to www.bullying.gov and many other anti-bullying sites out there for more information, and don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast, thank you.
What does Yoga, Buddhism, PTSD, The Marines, Wellness and Healing have in common? Eric Rishi of course!
This gentle very polite war hero with a soft voice and a warm heart, shares his stories of determination, heartbreak, pain, anguish, and survival. He shares how he has transformed his hurt and pain into a thriving speaking career that has reached the International waters. He shares his work with veterans who have PTSD, his 7-books, his transformation from a boy-child who was looking for answers and a family in the marines, to a man who has conquered tragedy (3times over) and is now thriving as a trailblazer!
I am honored and blessed to have crossed paths with him. I hope you enjoy listening to him as much as I enjoyed interviewing him.
Please support his work with Veterans suffering from PTSD (a FB group on mindfulness), check out www.mindfulnessforveterans.com
Finally, don't forget to subscribe, download and leave a comment... Thanks!
With a name like Estelle, one expects a beautiful person, and I was not disappointed. This woman is nothing short of a beautiful soul inside and out. She has the most soothing voice and most calming demeanor. It is extremely hard to reconcile that image with the story of heartache, pain, and self-destruction that she tells. A story so hard to live with that she subconsciously "buries" it deep down in her heart for years.
As a pediatrician and mother, some aspects of Estelle's suicide page were very difficult for me to listen to, yet, she held her composure and went through with it. All the way from Zurich, we can feel her pain and her suffering. Thankfully, she is on a path to recovery and VICTORY! g
Notable quotes: "I was afraid of my mother, but in our culture, who isn't?"
As a pediatrician and mother, some aspects of Estelle's suicide page were very difficult for me to listen to, yet, she held her composure and went through with it. All the way from Zurich, we can feel her pain and her suffering. Thankfully, she is on a path to recovery and VICTORY!
Quote of the day by Estelle: "I was afraid of my mother, but in our culture, who isn't?"
Estelle's favorite quote by Iyanla Vanzant: "Feelings buried alive don't die"
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Enjoy, Dr. Lu
Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Kristin Norris, D.O. A fellow ex-lady in boots, a mom, a soft-spoken psychiatrist, entrepreneur, and friend.
She speaks today about military life and suicide, touching on her own personal encounter with the suicide of a patient, a common thread between us...and the guilt that often follows us as doctors and providers when that happens. Did we do everything we could possibly do? Could we have done more? Would it have made a difference? Those are hard questions that may never get answered but will linger forever.
She talks about the Air Force Zero Suicide Pilot program at her base, which was largely successful and is now being implemented Air Force wide. She implores us to "not be afraid to ask" the tough questions, whether we are providers or not, adding that "it is easier to say yes than to say I need help"...indeed it is.
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Describing herself as a "housewife with a GED", a grandmother and a "mathlexic", Wendy is one of those people whom you feel like you have known for a very long time upon first meeting her. She is funny, witty, and full of life. She also has a lot to say and has no problem saying it. Today, she takes us on a personal journey of torment and a mixture of betrayal and distrust as well as survival and a fair dose of hardship. She is smiling these days, but not before she felt all alone in the world as young as the tender age of 4 (Kindergarten), and literally held a gun to her head in her 30s... As she shares her story, one has no choice but to follow her along, cheering her on the entire time.
One of her quotes today is "I did not get any real therapy that worked". Showcasing the need for us to ensure we get our children and family members the proper kind of therapy, and the right therapist as well. In her words, "finding the right therapy is absolutely vital".
Join us for another exciting episode of Suicide Pages with Dr. Lulu, the Podcast, and don't forget to subscribe, share, leave a comment and download each episode. You also have an opportunity to donate a small amount of money towards Habitat for Humanity.
Find her on FB; https://www.facebook.com/wendi.bragg
In this episode, I discuss suicide in a broad overview. The causes and confounding factors. I discuss some statistics briefly, and the fact that the majority of people who die by suicide do not have mental illness, they do so as a result of a triad of Hopelessness, Helplessness, and Despair. Overwhelming anguish coupled with other societal ills like poor governance, racism, non-compliance with meds, etc.
Since suicide prevention is a global necessity, we must all roll up our sleeves and join in the fight and the movement to #endthesilenceshameandstigma of suicide.
Indeed, silence kills and talk saves lives.
Suicide is EVERYONE'S problem.
At the young age of 20 yr, my beautiful, smart, articulate and talented niece, Khrystine, has already tasted betrayal, ostracism and learned some life lessons that will shape the rest of her life as an immigrant in the United States. In her interview she touches on a personal story that tested her emotional strength as a college student, a situation early in her Fresh-Man year which pushed her to the edge of depression and hopelessness. She however found strength in fellow immigrants, and has now grown from it.
She however bounced back and now always sees "the happy side of things". Her favorite quote is "STAY FROSTY" (don't ask me, listen to her explanation :)
She also has some words of advice for fellow Gen-Zeers; "Everything on the Internet is not real", and for Parents; "STOP being in denial where your kids are concerned, listen, listen, listen to your children".
I was inspired by her story, and I think you would too.
Enjoy, and don't forget to download and share this podcast.
At 67yr young, Dr. Lynette, and anesthesiologist and former Lt. Col in the United States Air Force would appear to be living her life out loud. She has gotten her second wind. If you consider the fact that she is a self-proclaimed Humorist (Stand Up Comedian), a TEDx Speaker; winner of a Toastmasters Championship competition in 2014, a budding author, and an all-around beautiful soul, you would never know that she once not only contemplated suicide, but actually climbed on a NY bridge about to jump...but didn't. In this episode, she shares her story of overcoming a life-long battle with depression, suicidal thoughts, a toxic work environment, medical credentialing boards, and life in general.
She describes our current medical environment as one that forces doctors to become "locked into a persona" that does not reflect our multifaceted natures...
"If I jump off this bridge before I call my mother, she is going to kill me" is the quote of the day from this amazing woman, fellow sista-doc and fighter whom I have essentially "voluntold" to become my mentor.
It was a pleasure interviewing her.
Antoinette is originally from the Caribbean Islands, and currently living in Canada. She tells us a story about trials and survival. Suicide attempts and victory. "I must say, I don't blame anybody" are her words when it comes to her circumstances and the decisions she has made. She is, however, quick to add that the decision to suicide is never one that comes easy or that comes over a short time.
She is thankful and grateful for life, and adds that "life is for the living". Nowadays, she focuses on "DELETING NEGATIVITY" and along with owning a publishing company, her current work is all about that.
Borrowing from her mentor, Dr. Miles Monroe (RIP), she would like to "die empty" and "leave a lighted pathway for others".
I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with Antoinette, and I sincerely hope you do too.
Find her on FB at her publishing company ALRP Publishing @https://www.facebook.com/ALRPublishingHub/
Much Love, Dr. Lulu
Originally from Scotland in the UK, Melanie moved to Australia to "escape her woes", but found out that they followed her-in her words, "through customs" . She tells her story of coming of age, and survival and making peace with her teenage decisions and overcoming a lifestyle that almost ruined her life. She is now grown and doing the work she "promised" she would do, and living life out loud.
She has a FB group called "Speaking Styles" where she inspires other women/people to be their best...
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Hello and welcome to season 1, episode 1 of my brand new podcast, Suicide Pages.
Ever since I was introduced to the world of podcasts a few years ago, I have always wanted to have my own. I have multiple ideas for podcasts, but this one idea has won as numero uno.
I am thankful that I have been chosen to be a vessel of awareness to the world. My dream is to own my own TV show, be a guest on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday, Red Table Talk, Ellen, The Doctors, Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz, and the grand dream is to be The United Nations Speaker on Child Suicide! I firmly believe that if you dream it, and work at it, it will come.
In this episode, I introduce my podcast's mission in full. Why did I decide to do this? What do I want to do with it? Who's stories are we featuring and how can we all benefit from, and be a part of the movement to end suicide in today's world...especially in our youth...enjoy!
Feel free to email me or contact me, my email is: firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out my website, www.teenalive.com for more information.
Links; Podcast; www.teenalive.com/podcast.